Late rally not enough for O-ville A’s

March 3, 2016   ·   0 Comments

The Orangeville A’s returned to their home court at the Athlete Institute on Sunday, February 28, after a tough six game road trip where the A’s dropped their seventh straight on Friday (Feb. 26) to the Windsor Express.

The A’s are currently in in third place int he NDBL Central Division.

Sunday’s game against the London Lightning got off to a slow start with the Lightning leading 3-0 at two an a-half minutes into the game.

Orangeville had difficulty making shots early on, but after creating some open looks for A’s leading scorer Justin Moss, the A’s were able to steady their attack.

A’s Captain Flen Whitfield also provided the A’s offense with a necessary spark as they took their first lead of the game (11-10) with 6:34 remaining in the first quarter.

The first quarter saw the teams trade the lead eight times and ended with a 27-25 London lead.

The start of the second quarter had the Lightning take off to a seven point lead, then go ahead to 14 points half-way through the quarter.

The A’s showed noticeable improvement with long distance shots hitting five three pointers during the first half.

London continued to out-muscle the A’s though the second quarter, ending the half with a 27 point lead ending the score at 63-37.

The A’s managed to close the gap to 23 points in the third quarter to make it 75-52, then ended it at 102-74.

The A’s came out strong in the fourth reducing the gap to 18 points with 8:56 remaining on the clock.

Justin Moss scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.

The final quarter turned out to be the Orangeville squad’s best performance outscoring the London team 39-22 for the quarter.

A large part of the A’s surge was powered by reliable forward Justin Moss who scored 11 in the 4th quarter and finished the game with a team-high 31 points.

The Orangeville A’s will have a few days of rest before their next game on Thursday, March 3rd, as they take on the Niagara River Lions at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharine’s.

The A’s will be back on their home court this weekend when they host the Windsor Express on Sunday, March 6.

The tip off is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

By Bria Lockhart

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